Big Issue Vendor, Brisbane City. Photography: Reggie.


Posted 08-06-2020
Has the coronavirus pandemic proved that homelessness is solvable?

In the days before the coronavirus shutdown took effect, a massive operation was underway in Australia's capital cities — to get more than 7,000 homeless people off the streets and into rooms in hotels, motels and empty student accommodation.

"It costs more in police call-outs, and having doctors and nurses treat people in emergency wards, than it does to provide people with a home. With the 1,000 clients that we have currently in emergency accommodation, we'd be saving $15 million a year," Launch Housing CEO Bevan Warner.

Posted 08-06-2020
Policy plan launched to ensure people experiencing homelessness are not tipped back out onto the street as we recover from COVID-19

The Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) has launched a 7-point policy plan to not just recover from COVID-19 but to ensure we can actually end rough sleeping homelessness across Australia.

AAEH’s COVID-19 National Rough Sleeping Homelessness Pandemic Response Plan calls for a health-informed approach to end to homelessness.

Posted 20-05-2020
Australian Alliance to End Homelessness announces inaugural CEO

The Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) has announced David Pearson as its inaugural CEO

The appointment was made possible by the Myer Innovation Fellowship, with David announced as one of the 2020 Fellows. “As a national network of service providers, we value the opportunity that the Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation is giving us. We’ve done a massive amount of work in recent years, and appointing David as our first CEO allows us to accelerate our efforts,” Karyn Walsh, AAEH Chair.

Posted 12-05-2020
Infrastructure and health policy needed to end homelessness

Representatives discussed practices and strategies that need to be implemented to end homelessness and rough sleeping in Australia. It is vital not to leave people behind as the recovery period starts and to have a 'vulnerable person and homelessness recovery plan' that looks at long term goals and ensures that the curve is flattened and stays flattened.

Posted 11-05-2020
Long-term homelessness solutions needed after emergency COVID-19 housing ends

People experiencing homelessness around the country were housed in hotels and temporary housing at the peak of the pandemic.

Now the health risk has eased, service providers say governments need to find a long-term solution rather than turn people back out on the street.

ABC Radio National AM discussion featuring AAEH Board members Bevan Warner, CEO Launch Housing and Debra Zanella, CEO RUAH Community Services.

Posted 22-04-2020
People experiencing homelessness must be protected to save lives and stop the spread of #COVID19

The Australian Alliance to End Homelessness is joining with Welcoming Australia and organisations from all over the world to demand the protection of people experiencing homelessness everywhere — refugees, migrants, and people who are ‘unhoused’. They must be protected to save lives and stop the spread of #COVID19.

Posted 21-04-2020
'We can't go back to the way things were': COVID-19 shifts homelessness response

The coronavirus pandemic provides an opportunity to get the nation’s rough sleepers off the street and into secure housing, social sector leaders say.

During an online forum to discuss rough sleeping responses to the crisis, homelessness groups spoke of the importance of long-term support for vulnerable people.

Posted 21-04-2020
Concern about plight of homeless people during pandemic

Karyn Walsh is CEO of Micah Projects, an organisation fighting to end homelessness in Brisbane. She took part in an online forum with other organisations to discuss ways to help homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted 21-04-2020
Homelessness services call for masks, gloves and affordable housing during COVID-19 crisis

A lack of personal protective equipment for workers and fewer volunteers to distribute food are just two of the challenges Australia’s homelessness services are grappling with during the coronavirus crisis.

The issues were raised at a forum on the responses to rough sleeping during the COVID-19 crisis held on Wednesday.

Posted 21-04-2020
Impacts of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness

Public health interventions that have been implemented in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus infections world-wide are nearly impossible to follow in the environments where people experiencing homelessness live.

An online forum, hosted by the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness on 7 April, provided organisations from each state and territory an opportunity to discuss how they are supporting people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.